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Do You Trust Your Disaster Recovery Solution? Key Considerations for Creating the Right Backup Plan for Your Enterprise

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The enterprise solutions running on your IBM i platform are your most important business assets. Are you covered in the event of a disaster? As reliable as the platform is, every system will eventually face unexpected downtime, and even a short-term hiccup can cause a long-term business disruption. Between re-work, missing data and even lost customers, you can’t afford to leave your backup and recovery strategy to chance. To operate with efficiency and peace of mind, you need a fast, flexible DR solution that meets your company’s unique needs. One way to create a solution based on your company’s unique needs: start with your business requirements. Learn how in The Ultimate Guide to Disaster Recovery.

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Tags: IBM i Platform, PRISM

How SMBs Can Address Specific IT Needs with a Flexible IBM i Managed Services Provider

Posted by Dave Kravitt

When it comes to IBM i managed services, most small and mid-sized businesses think big – perhaps a little too big. Given the broad range of system and OS support services many MSPs offer, people often make the mental leap from handling everything in-house to outsourcing all IT-related processes and equipment. From hardware to hosting to backup, analysis and other support services, they’ll automatically envision an all-or-nothing approach to hiring an MSP. When outsourcing seems like such a major undertaking, companies with smaller, more intermittent needs tend to avoid the process altogether. 

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Tags: IBM i Platform, Managed Services

How secure is your IBM i platform, really?

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Throughout the business world, IBM i and its predecessor, the AS/400, has gained a solid reputation as a robust OS platform. Over the years, this popular and reliable operating system, comprised of integrated and dependable hardware and software, has been viewed as a relatively closed system, as secure as secure can be from outside intrusion and risk. But security cannot be taken for granted. 

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform

The (not) surprisingly robust IBM i marketplace

Posted by Dave Kravitt

I’ll cut to the chase: IBM i is alive, well, and still kicking butt after all these years, according to a recent, comprehensive marketplace report by IT management software developer HelpSystems in conjunction with IT Jungle and PowerWire.eu. 

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Tags: IBM i Modernization, IBM i Platform, Managed Services

Surprise the Skeptics: IBM i is still a proven performer

Posted by Dave Kravitt

For decades, IBM i has been a proven IT infrastructure performer. Still, as years have passed, the number of skeptics has inevitably grown. If you’ve been in enterprise IT for any length of time, the following scenarios are probably all too familiar to you: 

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Tags: IBM i Platform

The true cost of IT outages

Posted by Dave Kravitt

As IT systems, infrastructure, and platforms grow increasingly larger and more complex, the risk for unplanned outages grows with them. Unfortunately, many CIOs and IT managers underestimate the damage and expense that unplanned outages can cause. Those that utilize an IBM i ecosystem are often  lulled into complacency by the longstanding but misguided conventional wisdom that says “IBM I maintains itself”. No platform “maintains itself”, even one as proven and reliable as IBM i, and every system is vulnerable to unplanned downtime cause by power outages, failed upgrades, security violations, natural disasters, and a host of others. 

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Tags: IBM i Platform

IBM i resiliency compared to Windows and Oracle

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The start of a brand-new year seems like a good time to take a hard look at the platforms that form the IT backbone running your business. Is IBM i still a good solution? While there are many reasons for leaning toward IBM i as the platform of choice, let’s focus on what I would consider the most basic and necessary characteristic for any system, yet it does not seem to be talked about as much as it should. Resiliency. How does IBM i compare with what else is out there? 

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, IBM i Platform

IBM i resiliency compared to Windows and Oracle

Posted by Dave Kravitt

The start of a brand-new year seems like a good time to take a hard look at the platforms that form the IT backbone running your business. Is IBM i still a good solution? While there are many reasons for leaning toward IBM i as the platform of choice, let’s focus on what I would consider the most basic and necessary characteristic for any system, yet it does not seem to be talked about as much as it should. Resiliency. How does IBM i compare with what else is out there? 

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, IBM i Platform

IBM i and iSeries servers: The surprising total cost of ownership

Posted by Dave Kravitt

We’re all familiar with that old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but in the world of IT infrastructure, virtually anything not seen as next-gen is often viewed with deep suspicion. That certainly holds true for enterprise hardware and operating system software that form the backbone of business applications. 

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, IBM i Platform

IBM i and iSeries servers: The surprising total cost of ownership

Posted by Dave Kravitt

We’re all familiar with that old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but in the world of IT infrastructure, virtually anything not seen as next-gen is often viewed with deep suspicion. That certainly holds true for enterprise hardware and operating system software that form the backbone of business applications. 

So when IBM research and analysis firm ITG recently updated its Total Cost of Ownership Report, chances are good that a lot of eyebrows were raised. It turns out that IBM i and the servers it runs on not only are still a solid, cost-efficient SMB IT infrastructure solution, they blow the competition out of the water when it comes to TCO. We’re not exaggerating – i Series hardware and software cost an average of almost 56 percent less to own than comparable competitive systems. 

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, IBM i Platform